Backing up our Windows PC is one of the most important thing we have to do on a regular basis. I was searching for a good backup program that is a freeware and stumbled up on Cobian Backup. I was surprised to find so many options included in a freeware. It has a lot of options which we mostly find in commercial backup software. The interface is simple and I find it quiet easy to set up the backup. This part of the setup is little important.
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This is a step-by-step guide on how to install the Cobian Backup software. Ask an IT representative for a copy of Cobian Double click the cbSetup.
Look to see if Cobian is running automatically. The Full option will make Cobian backup every single file you specified even if it has not changed since the last backup. By default this type of backup will create backup folders containing the time stamp of when the backup ran.
Regardless of the Backup Type you select, the first time a task is run it will perform a Full install. This is the feature you will most likely be using after creating your first backup instance. It checks if the source has changed from the last backup and only will backup those files that are new or have changed since the last backup.
This saves a lot of time and space. This setting works in the same way as incremental but instead compares the files from the last Full backup. If the current files are different compared to the last Full backup it will back up that file. DUMMY - This setting does not actually back up any files but can be used to schedule the execution of programs, close services, reboot the computer, etc.
OIT suggests backing up your entire User directory picture shown If you are making a backup of an external drive, select it from the list.
OIT suggests saving your backups to your Personal Drive U: - Open your Personal Folder in Windows explorer, and create a new folder called Backups or whatever you prefer - Select your User Folder pictured below or wherever you would like your backup saved. Select the Schedule tab.
Choose when you would like your backup to take place. This can take several hours and may slow down your PC, so it may be best to do this over night. Just make sure your PC remains ON while this is running. Select the Archive tab. Change the Compression Type to 7zip Compression.
This saves space on the server. Once all options have been selected, click OKAY at the bottom. You can set up multiple Backup tasks just by repeating all of the steps above.
Install Cobian. Accept Terms. Click Next to accept conditions. PC Setup. Click Next to accept default options. User Setup. Input your username and password. Finish Installation. Click to install the program. This may take several minutes. Select Done. Make sure Cobian is running. Set up a new Backup Task.
Open Cobian by double clicking the icon shown in step 7. Select Files for Backup. Save Profile. Select Backup Save location. Click the lower ADD button and then choose Directory.
Set Backup Schedule. Compress It! You're done!
Q: Does Cobian Backup work in Windows 8 and 10? Yes, it works just fine in Windows 8 and NET 3. Do this before installing the program and everything will be working fine. Q: Is Cobian Backup still under development? Well, I sold the source code back in to James Sweeney.
Manual backup with Cobian Backup
This is a step-by-step guide on how to install the Cobian Backup software. Ask an IT representative for a copy of Cobian Double click the cbSetup. Look to see if Cobian is running automatically. The Full option will make Cobian backup every single file you specified even if it has not changed since the last backup. By default this type of backup will create backup folders containing the time stamp of when the backup ran.
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